Portuguese Wine

 

Portugal is best known for its fortified wines Madeira and Port. But there are also some outstanding examples of still wines, mostly from the north of the country where conditions are not as hot. The appellations are classified as D.O.C., Denominacao de Origem Controlada. 
 
Many factors contributed to what has become the modern Portuguese winemaking industry, such as the boom in Port shipping, the effects of the 19th century Phylloxera and oidium crisis and subsequent vine replantings and the rise of estates (quintas), not to mention joining the European Union in 1986.
 
The main still wine producing regions are the Douro, Dao, Bairrada, Vinho Verde, Terras do Sado and Alentejo. Much of the wine is produced with indigenous grape varietials, often with many in the blend, that give it distinct and delicious character. These include for whites: Loureiro, Arinto, Malvasia Fina and Alvarinho. For reds: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Aragones), Baga, Castelao and Trincadeira Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Portugal View all

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

  • Periquita

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

Subregions of Portugal

  • Alentejo

      This region lies in southern Portugal, known mostly for its extracted, rich wines. The cli...

  • Douro

    This region, named for the river, is best known for its reds that are specially selected to go ...

  • Madeira

    Madeira is named after the island in Portugal where this unique wine is produced. It was discov...

  • Vinho Verde

    This region in northern Portugal is known for its dry, refreshing, low alcohol and lightly spri...

  • Açores

  • Alenquer

Popular Wineries in Portugal View all

  • Quarles Harris

    Symington Family Estates are the leading producers of premium quality Ports. The combined sales o...

  • Royal Oporto

    Grape growing in the Douro Region dates back to pre-historic times. In Bronze Age burying-grou...

  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

    Portugal's Douro Valley is one of the most spectacular wine growing regions in the world. Its bea...

  • Sogrape - Mateus

    With its current strategic vision SOGRAPE is overseeing a “homecoming”, a return to the character...

  • Taylor Fladgate

    Taylor Fladgate is the only Port wine shipper to remain completely independent throughout its 3...

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

    Since 1999, Quinta de Ventozelo belongs to the Spanish group Proinsa. The property is located in ...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Giesta Dão 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Alandra Alentejo Red 2014

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    Wine review by AleXdIIm


  • Famega Portugal NV

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    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Osborne Tawny Port Ltr

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    I'm a begginer so, having said that, this wine is one of my favorite. Very sweet. However, it has an unyeilding scent of alcohol that may be unpleasant for some. Read More

    Wine review by PPantoja


  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage 2009

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    This bottle of port was a gift.Port wine is from the Douro valley in northern Portugal and takes its name from the City of Oporto at the mouth of that river.It is a fortified wine because brandy is added to arrest the fermentation process.The late bottled vintage style of port originated at the Taylor Fladgate port house in 1970.Wines from a sin... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • DMCKER - Thanks for the heads up - didn't know that's why I credited it to them.  Next time. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wildfires in Cali & Portugal


  • RCKR, when lifting verbatim in this manner and at this volume would be good if ... ... in that grey area.Poor Portugal, doesn't even warrant an article of its own. Guess CA 'forest' fires are so commonplace they can have other places stuffed in together with them, too. EDIT: Here's the link, though it looks like A-Rod's mid-season retirement ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wildfires in Cali & Portugal


  • Yes, Rckr, we are pretty aware of the fires, out here.  My wife's cousin was evactuated the other day. Fortunately, that one had a happy ending.  So many others have not been so fortunate.I was aware of the Madeira fires, but was unaware of the ones on the Portuguese mainland. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wildfires in Cali & Portugal


  • Wildfires Threaten Wine Regions in California, PortugalWildfires are again ravaging California, threatening the vineyards and livelihoods of many in notable winegrowing regions. South of Carmel Valley, the Soberanes fire has been blazing since July 22, burning more than 79,000 acres. The fire is still only 60 percent contained, but has not threa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wildfires in Cali & Portugal


  • Quinta Das Seten Costas Alenquer 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £7.50 from a shop in London [www.oddbins.com ... to the north of Lisbon in Portugal to the east of the Serra de Montejunto range of hills which offer some protection from the Atlantic weather. Quinta das Seten Costas is a brand name used by the Casa Santos Lima wine company,the largest producer in Alenquer.My ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I love the wines and the people in Portugal.. they are trully wonderful, beautiful, loving and sincere people. Have a couple great friends that I have met on a social site. Known them for two years just chatting and talking on live chats. We have a good friendship. MAUH... abracos y beijos ;)

    Comment by 1121846didi 1121846 didi


  • it has fine wines to many for me to remember

    Comment by 874532vilasol 874532 vilasol


  • espiga wine please

    Comment by 874532vilasol 874532 vilasol


  • COLLARES IS THE BEST WINE OF PORTUGAL AND OF ALL THE WORLD !

    Comment by 355028JOJOBO 355028 JOJOBO


  • i love the countrys history and they have good food great wine

    Comment by 377720machita17 377720 machita17


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